The aim of the scheme is to assist students of excellent academic calibre from developing Commonwealth countries who would benefit from higher education in the United Kingdom, to the developmental advantage of their home countries, but who, for financial reasons, are unable to study in Britain and are outside the scope of other British Government Support Schemes.
DFID awards include air fares to and from Belfast, tuition fees and a maintenance allowance. Queen's University will assist award-holders in finding accommodation, but students are responsible for covering this out of their maintenance allowance.
The award at Queen's University Belfast for 2013 entry is restricted to applicants interested in the following taught Masters courses only.
MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development
MSc in Sustainable Rural Development
Applications for funding and admission are processed separately. Please apply for admission (a place) first. Once you have received an offer of admission please complete a DFID funding application and submit it to the Postgraduate Student Centre by 28 February 2013.
1 be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a developing Commonwealth country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country (please see the Shared Scholarships prospectus for a list of eligible countries)
2 hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level
3 be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course
4 have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
5 be able to confirm in writing that neither they or their families would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
6 be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete